San Diego, CA (May 4, 2005)- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Heller…

San Diego, CA (May 4, 2005)- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Heller Ehrman LLP today announced that Richard (“Rick”) L. Parker has been named the new Managing Shareholder of the firm’s San Diego office. Mr. Parker takes over from David B. Geerdes who has served as San Diego’s Managing Shareholder since 2001. Mr. Parker has a business transactions taxation practice with principal focus on emerging growth companies and venture capital and partnership formations.

“Rick brings an immense amount of law firm leadership experience to this new role as Managing Shareholder for our office in San Diego,” said Robert B. Hubbell, Heller Ehrman’s firmwide Managing Shareholder. “We’re also indebted to Dave Geerdes for all the terrific work he has done over the last four years as San Diego’s Managing Shareholder. The firm is looking forward to great things in San Diego and we believe we have just the right team and resources to continue being of the region’s leading firms.”

Mr. Parker obtained his A.B. from California State University, Los Angeles; his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law; and his LL.M., Taxation from New York University School of Law. In addition to his significant tax background, Mr. Parker has extensive experience in venture fund formation and representation, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and financing transactions. Prior to joining Heller Ehrman, Mr. Parker was a partner with Brobeck Phleger & Harrison where at different times he served as firmwide Managing Partner, Managing Partner of the San Diego office and leader of the firmwide Tax Group.

“This is an exciting time for Heller Ehrman in San Diego,” said Mr. Parker. “In the past six weeks, we have added eight very highly regarded IP attorneys and professionals to our office, adding significantly to our IP litigation group in San Diego and substantially expanding our patent prosecution capability. In addition, our transactional practice remains very active with M&A transactions, including the recently concluded $1.35 billion sale of SAIC’s Telcordia Technologies division, and a wealth of other business, corporate and securities matters. The San Diego office has an outstanding group of attorneys and it will be a pleasure for me to help the group achieve their goals.”

Heller Ehrman’s San Diego Office
Located in one of the most dynamic technology centers in the nation, Heller Ehrman’s San Diego office provides counsel to the region’s premier high-tech, life sciences and emerging-growth companies. The office’s client base reflects the composition of San Diego’s business community, including companies in the life sciences, computer, Internet, consumer goods, telecommunications, software, multimedia and electronics industries, as well as venture capital firms. Some of the San Diego office’s clients include QUALCOMM, Maxim Integrated Products, The Salk Institute, SAIC, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Digital Theater Systems, Enterprise Partners, Innercool Therapies, Intraluminal, NuVasive, Lightpointe, TargeGen and Tarari. The San Diego office provides a full spectrum of services for emerging and established companies, including venture capital, public offerings, insolvency, mergers and acquisitions, patent and trademark prosecution, licensing, strategic alliances, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, employment litigation defense and counseling, tax and executive compensation.

Heller Ehrman LLP has more than 730 attorneys and professionals in 13 offices worldwide – Anchorage; Beijing; Hong Kong; Los Angeles; Madison, WI; New York; Portland; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley, Singapore; and Washington, D.C. As a full-service law firm, we represent a wide range of industry leaders, from entrepreneurial, technology-driven enterprises to established, multinational conglomerates. At Heller Ehrman, we take a multidisciplinary approach to the practice of law, drawing upon our legal, scientific and industry knowledge from across the firm to build the best legal teams for our clients. Through commitment to our core values of Excellence, People, Teamwork, Innovation, Community and One Firm, we offer clients unparalleled legal service.

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